1. Animals

    Poor Devils: Critters’ fights transmit cancer

    Tasmanian devils transmit cancer cells when they bite each other during routine squabbles, producing lesions that are often fatal.

  2. Animals

    New candidates for smallest vertebrate

    Two recent scientific papers have described fish species that could, depending on the definition, be the world's smallest known vertebrate.

  3. Animals

    Eggs Scramble: Fungi trick termites into babysitting

    A fungus may be taking advantage of hardworking termite nursemaids by tricking them into tending egg-shaped fungal reproductive bodies along with real termite eggs.

  4. Animals

    Just Duet

    Two or more birds in some species can sing with such coordination that a human listener would swear that it's just one singer. With audio files.

  5. Animals

    Little Professor: Ants rank as first true animal teachers

    The best evidence so far of true teaching in a nonhuman animal comes from ants. With video.

  6. Animals

    First maternal care filmed in squid

    At least one squid species turns out to be a caring mom after all, say researchers who filmed the creatures using remote-control cameras positioned deep in the Pacific Ocean. With Video.

  7. Animals

    The Trouble with Chasing a Bee

    Radar has long been able to detect high-flying clouds of insects, but it's taken much longer for scientists to figure out how to track your average bee.

  8. Animals

    Locust Upset: DNA puts swarmer’s origin in Africa

    The desert locust was not an ancient export from the Americas, according to a new DNA analysis.

  9. Animals

    Ant Iron Chefs: Larvae fix dinner but don’t sneak snacks

    Movies of an ant colony show that larvae are the ones that prepare dinner when meat is on the menu. With Video.

  10. Animals

    Face Time: Bees can tell apart human portraits

    Honeybees will learn to zoom up to particular human faces in a version of a facial-recognition test used for people.

  11. Animals

    Unway Sign: Ant pheromone stops traffic

    Researchers have found a new kind of traffic sign on ant trails, a chemical "Do not enter" that keeps foragers from wasting their time on paths that don't lead to food.

  12. Animals

    Tszzzzzt! Electric fish may jam rivals’ signals

    An electric fish appears to sabotage a rival's electric signals as a fight starts. With Audio and Video.